Ripton


STATE LEGISLATORS, INCLUDING Rep. Amy Sheldon, left, and Sen. Ruth Hardy say they will be having a conversation about what ‘control of your hunting dog’ means.
11/14/2019
Editor’s note: This story is third in a series. The first, "Bear-hunting hounds attack hikers and pup," was published on October 31, 2019; the second, "Bear-hound attack shocks hunting community," was published on November 7, 2019. VERMONT — State lawmakers have promised to scrutinize the laws that regulate hunting bear with dogs. This comes after a pack of bear-hounds attacked a couple and their leashed puppy on the Catamount Trail in Ripton last month; the puppy and the hiker trying to protect it required emergency medical care. “Any time something happens that’s as dramatic and problematic...
11/14/2019
WAITSFIELD — Two young Ripton residents excelled in a Nov. 3 “Skyrunning” race up General Stark Mountain hosted by the Mad River Glen ski area. Beth McIntosh and Baxter Harrington, 7th- and 8th-grade members of the Middlebury Union Middle School cross-country team, respectively, were the youth division winners of a race that followed a winding course up ski trails to the mountain’s summit. McCormick won the youth female race, and Harrington won the youth male race. They and other members of the Frost Mountain Nordic Club, based in Ripton, competed in the event, as did athletes from the...
11/07/2019
Editor’s note: This story is second in a series. The first, "Bear-hunting hounds attack hikers and pup," was published on October 31, 2019. VERMONT — Members of the bear-hound hunting community, along with state officials, have expressed shock over an Oct. 19 incident on the Catamount Trail in Ripton, in which five bear-hounds attacked a couple and their puppy. Such an incident has never happened before, say supporters, who characterize their sport as having a positive culture with strict practices and high standards. Brandon resident Wayne Newton, whose bear-hounds were involved with the...

MERYL SIEGMAN’S HANDS show some of the puncture wounds she suffered while shielding her puppy from an attack by bear-hunting hounds in the Green Mountain National Forest near the Ripton-Goshen border earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Meryl Siegman and Ron Scapp
10/31/2019
RIPTON — On Saturday, Oct. 19, around mid-day, a pack of bear hunting dogs attacked two hikers and their puppy on the Catamount Trail in the Green Mountain National Forest near the Ripton-Goshen border.   Former Ripton resident Meryl Siegman, 65, and her husband, Ron Scapp, 64, who have been hiking in the area for more than 30 years, had completed roughly one-quarter of their intended walk when they heard barking, they told the Independent.   “Almost instantaneously we were swarmed by five dogs,” Siegman said.   Scapp described them as “big hound dogs, in the 60- to 80-pound range, wearing...
10/25/2019
BURLINGTON — Jennifer K. Doolan, 49, formerly of Ripton, died from injuries sustained in a fall Oct. 18, 2019, at her home in Burlington. She was born June 19, 1970, in Middlebury to James and Barbara Doolan. Jennifer was a 1988 graduate of Middlebury Union High School, where she excelled in sports. After graduation she used her skills developed at Silver Towers Camp to become a caregiver for physically and mentally challenged individuals. She lately was a housekeeper in Burlington hotels. Jennifer loved nature-boating, swimming and horses were her passion. She is survived by her son Brenden...

RIPTON RIDGE RUN Women’s 5K winner Beth McIntosh, far left, took to the road with many of her fellow Ripton Elementary School students, including Mary Harrington, Matthew McIntosh, Colt Bagnulo (Goshen), Teagan Flinner, Jack Hoyler, Sawyer Malzac, Jorgen Pirrung and Kjell Pirrung. Photo/Joanna Doria
10/24/2019
RIPTON — The Ripton Ridge Run attracted a large turnout this year. More than 180 participants came from all over Addison County, Vermont and New England. New faces mingled with familiar ones as everyone came together to celebrate Ripton’s natural beauty, running in the crisp autumn air with warm sun on faces. More than 60 volunteers helped the day proceed without a hitch and deepen sense of community. Ripton residents and supporters, the Ripton Volunteer Fire and First Response Department, and Addison County Home Health and Hospice helped with prerace preparation, in the kitchen, at the...
10/17/2019
Although I cannot dispute that the Addison Central School District’s push to consolidate our elementary schools is one plausible solution to what they deem a taxpayer issue, as an elementary school parent of four I cannot help but question if the board’s emphasis is being placed on the wrong syllable. Yes, closing schools and creating larger class sizes at fewer facilities will cut costs, but are the cut costs worth the impacts on our children and are the costs they are proposing even reasonable to begin with? At the Ripton Elementary School classes consist of two grades, together averaging...

STEVE HOLMES
10/06/2019
RIPTON — Teacher Steve Holmes has joined the ranks of the school faculty at The North Branch School in Ripton. Homes will teach seventh, eighth and ninth grade math to its students. In addition, Rose McVay, longtime NBS math and science teacher, will assume the additional role of associate head of school while continuing to teach the three-year science curriculum. “Along with teaching math with enthusiasm, expertise, and humor, Steve brings a great number of interests and skills — from robotics, rocketry, drawing, coaching, juggling, computer programming, 3-D printing, photography, animation...

RUNNERS MOVE OUT at last year’s Ripton Ridge Run. This year’s run is on Sunday, Oct. 13.
10/03/2019
RIPTON — Over the past 32 years, the Ripton Ridge Run has managed to become a shared time to celebrate the town’s natural beauty, play out competitive spirit, and bring an ethical mindset and activist drive to the forefront. This year’s race, on Sunday, Oct. 13, starts at 12:30 at the Ripton Elementary School on the Ripton-Lincoln Rd., less than a mile from the Ripton Country Store. There are two courses: a 5K run/fun walk or wheel and a 10.4K run. Ripton regularly welcomes the skier, angler, hiker, and biker, and this October she welcomes runners, and non-runners, families, teams, partners,...
09/30/2019
There has been a great deal written about the pros and cons of keeping Ripton Elementary School open; and, with the best of intentions, most of the positions have been built upon facts and figures dealing with populations, resources and money. While our community does its best to logically allocate available funds, there are times we need to step out from the shade of pure reason’s umbrella and allow the heat of emotion to touch us. In the Thai language, when you want someone to calm down you tell them to “chill their heart.” Well, I don’t think we should be calm at the prospect of having our...

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